Baejungtang—also known in some regions as baesuk—is a poached or steamed Korean pear dish that makes a comforting breakfast, snack, or dessert. As in many traditional Korean recipes, each ingredient was chosen for its flavor and purported curative properties. (The Korean pear, which is also often labeled as Asian pear, is considered to be cooling and hydrating, while bellflower root is often used as a homeopathic immune-booster in Korea.) You can find the ginseng-like bellflower root online or at Korean markets.
- 16 strips dried bellflower root (½ oz.)
- 4 Asian pears (about 1 lb. each)
- ¼ cup (¾ oz.) peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger
- 4 dried jujube dates, pitted and thinly sliced
- ¼ cup honey
- 12 whole black peppercorns (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts (optional)